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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Love and Easter

Updated on April 12, 2020
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Loving Life

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Some Background

Love and Easter go hand in hand. I have never had an Easter without love. And with love every day is like Easter. Not to mention I love Easter. One of the things I love about Easter is the egg hunting. Another thing I love about Easter is church. I just love rituals, and the more complex the better. I love the Hats on Easter.

This year we have no rituals. Strange. I hope there are plenty folks out there who figured out how to get the eggs to the Easter Bunny, as I would hate to see him lose his job too. One guy who will never lose his job is Jesus. That poor guy couldn’t even get out of doing his job by being crucified. (If that offends you I am so sorry – not!) You see, I do not know what Jesus is to you, but to me He is the pure energy of love. Begotten not made. Jesus is my best friend by far, and He is the embodiment of love. And we all know God has a sense of humor.

So I love Love. Sounds silly even to me to write it. But hey, I just write this stuff I do not create it. January 12th 2014 was the first Sunday Sermon. My 10 year old would have only been 3 years old. “Almost 4 dad”. I truly do love writing the sermons. I used to love preaching them, well I still do but I just can’t stand the scene of church politics. And you just cannot have one without the other. So sad. But then again not so sad because that is what got me into writing the sermons.

I truly do like church services. I am in my 5th year of studying the Catechism on line. I am a Lay Eucharistic Minister, I taught Sunday school and of course preached. Never was a Deacon as that is purely political. I really enjoyed being a Canonical lawyer within the Episcopal Church during their schism over gay leaders. I can tell you first hand it is not a violation of the canons. Let’s just say they were going to stone a man for being homosexual. I think Jesus would have told them that he who is without sin cast the first stone. And I can only find vague Biblical references to it being a sin. So not in my book. I mention this for persecution and its fallacy with love.

I surely do pray and hope that these sermons exude love. They are designed to do just that. Get doctrine, ritual and politics and kick them to the curb.

It Might Make You Crazy

My Love

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What Is It?

No citing scripture. Yet I get comments where a scripture is referenced to me, that is exactly where I got the insight that I wrote about. There is this really cool Latin term; Res Ipsa Loquitor. Doesn’t that make me sound all smart? Anyhow it means “the thing speaks for itself”. I think the Bible speaks well enough for itself. You don’t need me telling you. Besides there are so many people who do it far better than I. I know some writers who make full articles out of collections of quotes from the Bible. They are really good at it. I love to read those. But the good ones don’t tell you what to think about them, they have their own message. Dharma is the same.

I love children. I love old people. I love the air. I love rivers and the oceans. I love people I have never met. Did I tell you that I like crazy people? I learn from them to look at things a new way. I pray for them though as some crazy leads to fully regrettable decisions and actions.

Let me try and give you an explanation of love. The first is that it is not a “doing” but rather a “being”. It exists in totality within us. We can say like above that we love this and that but love has to be who we are. Love is a space within us that we call the heart. Probably love is a feeling and therefor mental. But that diminishes love by putting it in a box. Love is omnipresent and omnipotent.

It is said in nearly all religions that we are all but lessor gods. Makes logical sense. If God is Love and we have love in our space then we have God within us.

Now here is a sticky one. If you do not love what you are doing then do not do it. Of course we all cannot love our jobs. But as I mentioned before love is not a doing it is a being. It then becomes obvious that if we are being love it does not matter what we are doing for we are “in” love. And then no matter what we do we love it. If you think things and actions make you joyful, think again.

Family Love

Just a bit of fun and love.
Just a bit of fun and love. | Source

Love is Alive!

Rise Up In Love

A good spot to tackle that concept of loving your enemies. I call friends when I fall out of love. Like in dealing with adverse folks. They throw my crappola back in my face and that space gets filled with love again and people are no longer adverse but rather properly different. Keeping in mind that a loving soul does not a doormat make. But like a job that does not make you happy, “enemies” cannot make love unhappy, it just does not work that way. You have to kick out some love in order to make room for anything else. We do it. So call a friend.

Loved ones. Now that is a great term. And we have them. This is as it should be. But in essence even a perceived enemy should be a loved one. Yikes, talk about easier said than done.

The big shut up. I am the only person I know that can listen while speaking. We are talking years of practice and practice. It is like a split brain. (some would have a more derogatory psycho type word for it ;-) It is fully exhausting to a point of horrible headaches. The point being that it is far better to shut up and listen. Love demands it. Besides that it really pisses people off when you talk over them. Not very loving. I used it when I was paid to win arguments. And it is loving to really concentrate and listen to who is speaking. Try it, you will like it. Forget thinking about what you are going to say.

Essence of love. Explanations and definitions are too simple for love. Love is not a thing or verb or adjective. Love is an is. I set my mind to it and when I was angry went out and smelled my roses. Two things of note. First they did not smell as sweet at first. Second is that the anger floated away and soon the roses smelled sweet again. Maybe I wanted it to be so. But either way it is true. And nothing wrong with wanting roses to smell sweet. Part of the essence of love is that you can will it to be. Funny but about 50% of the time you need to try to be in love. And like I said above “a little help from our friends”. I reckon the roses are my friends.

Why Easter? We are hunkered down in place. Isolated and restricted. For some the depths of despair. A darkest hour for so many. Somewhat like our disciples until Easter. Well Easter stands for the resurrection of what appears lost. Today you can rise up in love. You can resurrect the love in you. The bad job or the enemy does not control love. Love is never gone. Love is alive.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Right on Nithya. And I am feeling the love today. Probably tomorrow too :-)

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 weeks ago from Dubai

      A great uplifting sermon in these tough times. Love makes living life an everyday celebration. Love is alive and with love we can overcome and pull through tough times.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Right On! Denise.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      We have to think what Jesus would do about any situation and with any person. He loved the people but not the sin. I love Easter hats too.

      Blessings and stay safe.

      Denise

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks a ton Ann, you brighten my otherwise crazy sunny day. We had a row just the other day. Neither of us won. anger came on strong but in the 3rd round love landed a knock out blow and as always around here I try to stay huffy while my lady just laughs and carries on. Man I wish I could do that, it takes me at least 2.5 minutes. ;-)

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      Ann Carr 

      6 weeks ago from SW England

      Superb! Such an uplifting hub for these times; well, for any time actually! My grandchildren still had an Easter egg hunt, in their garden but without the other participants (cousins), sadly. They enjoyed it all. There is much love in their families and it shines through.

      In a strange way, being in 'isolation' has made us celebrate things more, recognise the good things in our lives more, and feel more spiritual. Many of us have slowed down and smelt the roses.

      Thank you for making us see these things more clearly, Eric. Thank you for inspiring us so much and, most of all, thank you for being you and spreading the love.

      Keep safe and well!

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      And love out to you Dora, on this beautiful day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Verlie I thank you. It is just a big old love fest in my heart.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Love in every thing is so Eric! Why not love in Easter? (I'm smiling!) I have never celebrated Easter, but like you, I think it is the perfect season for love. Be safe. Keep on loving. The world needs it.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 weeks ago from Canada

      Wow Eric you really covered all the 'love' bases. I can feel it. You are clearly blessed. Thanks for sharing your insight, and your life.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Devika. I am glad you are doing OK and writing.

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      Devika Primic 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi Eric love is there and ou make sure to let us know of it. Extraordinary for Easter.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Bill that means a lot to me.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela it is great to hear from you thank you for the note. I trust all is inconvenient but well for you and yours.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dilip as you remind me I do remember you. We are still following each other. I look forward to a new beginning here for you. I can tell by your comment you are on your game. So get writing!

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      William Kovacic 

      6 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Yes, Eric. Your sermons exude love. Just wanted you to know.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish sorry about your gash. But still that is a lovely story of one protecting the other. Someone once asked me if animals love. Or is it just protection. It took me aback. I simply said "you have to ask if your dog loves you?" Oh well sometimes I guess we even question a parent's love.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      Haooy Easter Eric to you and your family. Love is alive is a great way to look at life and this is a lovely sermon.

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      Dilip Chandra 

      6 weeks ago from India

      I hope you remember me, through other HP ID 'My CookBook'. How are you, my friend? I've shut down and deleted all the posts in there and would be writing more in this account of mine. Lockdown in India is going now with the pandemic outbreak and I had to sit at home all day. Back to HP would be great I thought with new and interesting hubs... glad to see you after a long time my friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      Happy Easter! I just got scratched by my cat with the bad personality but love is alive here too. I was grooming another cat one of my cats and she thought I was hurting her so she tried to protect the other cat by lashing out at me. I’m trying to see the sunny side.

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      Clive Williams 

      6 weeks ago from Jamaica

      Yep!

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Ruby. You just made me consider that I have never been to a bad Easter Sunday service. It is my desire to help fill a void there.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mitara and a Happy Easter to you also. Don't know when I actually realized I could choose to love all.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      I love the ending, " Love is alive " I missed church today but you filled in nicely. I like the picture of family and Gabe when he was smaller. Keep on doing what you do so well.

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      Mitara N 

      6 weeks ago from South Africa

      Love the love for love, it's wonderful to find the joys and appreciation to life and love in everything we do....

      Happy Easter

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well Clive we just have to settle for the wine and beer. Just as well it makes a mess to drink wine through a mask.

      You and I both know the ritual must have some pagan origin to it. although I heard those pesky Lutherans had something to do with it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda what a wonderful day. Happy Easter from our home to yours. The sun is not shining but every seems bright and new on our day of renewal.

      I am about ready for that phone to start sharing the love we have. Yahoo Jesus!

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      Clive Williams 

      6 weeks ago from Jamaica

      Easter ....Never understood why it was celebrated. especially hunting for eggs, bunny and all. Somehow we manage to put a whole lot of other things around religious holidays and make them fun. In Jamaica, people buy bun and cheese and eat plenty of fish. Go to church and beaches and drink whine and beer.

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      Linda Lum 

      6 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Good morning Eric and Happy Easter! Just saying that makes you smile, doesn't it? Jesus spoke against the love of wealth, arrogance and boastfulness. He never spoke against loving one another. OK, that's my mini-micro sermon.

      I didn't realize that you've been doing these for so long. I know I've read every one and through them started to learn who Eric is.

      I love you and pray that you will continue to stay safe and well. Eric, we've got this as long as we have love.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Happy Easter Bill, back at ya.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Easter and love from Olympia!

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